Kim Newport- Mimran launches the Kim Newport collection
The recently unveiled Kim Newport collection is a modern girl’s guide to glamour, offering timeless elegant eveningwear for life’s most special occasions.
By Lauren Walker-Lee
Kim Newport -Mimran, the President and Design Director of Canadian womenswear brand Pink Tartan, has forayed into a new category resulting in spectacular results. The collection is a mix of dresses and suiting in a chic palette of black, white, and pink, with classic yet playful details that did not go amiss at her recent presentation. Pearls, bows, and feathers add elegance, drama, and fantasy to the expertly designed pieces. Known for her understated luxurious sensibilities, Kim Newport- Mimran has a new collection that will no doubt add an elegance to her timeless pieces.
Dress To Kill chatted with the designer following the debut of the Kim Newport Collection.
Why have you ventured into evening wear and why now? The notion of a modern girl’s guide to glamour – I felt this was the right time for an evening wear line, as I have been a sportswear designer for most of my career, and felt that the time was right creatively to expand the collection. It is hard to find the perfect dress at the right time, and this collection will have the timeless and convertible qualities that I am known for.
What was the inspiration or starting point for the new line? How long has this idea been percolating? This has been percolating for a year. I had many red carpet moments, and wanted to take the stress out of what to wear for my customer. I start every design with extensive fabric research and then I work in a 3 dimensional way. I am a draper versus an illustrator, and the collection reflects that detail and technique.
You have curated bags on your Pink Tartan website, promoting the idea of a circular economy. How important is it for fashion to have a longer life? I have always believed in quality over quantity, and our motto is great style does not go out of fashion.
How did the collaboration with House of Beker come about? This is an established house that has impeccable attention to detail. It was a natural fit.
Is there a dress from the collection that you will be personally test-driving shortly? Yes, the hammered silk blend double faced dress. I can’t wait for the next occasion to wear it.
You are a force within Canadian fashion, and supporter of Canadian talent. Can you give a few sage words for those wanting to get into the business? Work in the business. The better you understand the process and the demand, the more successful you will be.
“THE KIM NEWPORT COLLECTION IS AN EXTENSION OF WHAT I LOVE — MODERN, SOPHISTICATED PIECES THAT YOU WEAR AGAIN AND AGAIN. IT’S AN INSPIRING MOMENT TO PUT TOGETHER A LINE FOCUSED ON BEAUTIFUL EVENING WEAR.”
Red carpet dressing is widely watched – which notable person would you love to dress for the red carpet? If I could bring Audrey Hepburn back I would want to dress her.
Where can we find the Kim Newport Collection? The collection in currently at market so more stockists will be announced very soon. You will be able to see full collection at 77 Yorkville Ave in Toronto.
For more information visit Kim Newport Designs.
All images by Katherine Holland